"It was a huge business tool for me," Gilpatrick said of the LBB, which costs members $1,200 a year in exchange for inclusion in editorials and prominent placement on the website, among other perks. "Their closure represents an uncertain hole for many of us in the wedding market. Much of my published work will now no longer be searchable on the internet, and links no longer available to share with potential clients of my work."
Jessica Bishop, who founded the popular website Budget Savvy Bride in 2008, counts Style Me Pretty as a major inspiration for her own site. "SMP has always been seen as the crème de la crème in terms of features and vendors — wedding professionals aspired to be published there and countless brides dreamed of having their special days featured on the site," she told BuzzFeed.